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Weekend event picks, March 7-9

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  March 5, 2014 11:55 AM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.

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From left: Flamenco Festival; Avett Brothers; "The Whale" (Glenn Perry Photography)

FRIDAY

A HEAVY HEART Weighing in at more than 500 pounds, Charlie is eating himself to death in his Idaho apartment. Samuel D. Hunter's "The Whale" presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company introduces us to the Internet writing teacher who tries to patch things up with the unhappy teenage daughter he hasn't seen in years. March 7, 8 p.m. March 8, 4 and 8 p.m. March 9, 3 p.m. Through April 5. $25 and up, $25 ages 25 and under, $5 senior discount. Stanford Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

MIDSUMMER IN WINTER We usually write about this Shakespearean comedy in warmer weather, so it's refreshing to give "A Midsummer Night's Dream" a shout out in winter. Bristol Old Vic and Handspring Puppet Company ("War Horse" collaborators) give every one and every thing a shot at life including trees, tools, lovers, and fairies. March 7, 8 p.m. March 8, 2 and 8 p.m., March 9, 2 p.m. Through March 15. $25-$89. Recommended for ages 12 and older. Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

ART IMITATES LIFE With this opening dialogue, a comedy it ain't: "Why is it you always wear black?" "I'm in mourning for my life. I'm unhappy." Welcome to Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" presented by the Huntington Theatre Company. Kate Burton (Vice President Sally Langston on TV's "Scandal") and her son, Morgan Ritchie, play mother and son. March 7-8, 8 p.m. March 9, 7 p.m. Through April 6). $25 and up, $25 ages 35 and younger, $15 students and military, $5 senior discoun. Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

SATURDAY

STRONG PURSUIT According to www.npr.org: "Seth and Scott Avett aren't content to merely play gorgeous roots music; to just lay some lovely harmonies over banjos and strings...they craft alternately stompy and swoony music that’s rooted in a desire for self-improvement. Take their body of work as a whole, and it forms the outlines of a makeshift guide to life, and to being fundamentally decent in the pursuit of something even better." The Avett Brothers welcome their new album, "Magpie and the Dandelion," and their special guest Old Crow Medicine Show. March 8, 7:30 p.m. $27.50-$55. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

SPANISH FOLK The first two of the three-day Flamenco Festival presents the Stars of Flamenco: Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodríguez, Karime Amaya, and Jesús Carmona. On March 16, the Tomatito Sextet of namesake guitarist José Fernández Torres is accompanied by young dancer Paloma Fantova. March 8, 8 p.m. March 9, 3 p.m. March 16, 7 p.m. $30-$79 (March 16 $30-$48). Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

SUNDAY

THE GLASS IS FULL Ira Glass has worn many radio hats including tape cutter, newscast writer, desk assistant, editor, producer, and host. The creator and host of public radio show "This American Life" will tell you how the show comes together and answer your questions at "Ira Glass-Reinventing Radio." March 9, 3 p.m. $30 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

IT TAKES A VILLAGE For more than 17 years, Nashville radio host Billy Block has supported country, Americana, rock, and roots musicians. The ailing Block now needs their help. Boston musicians at the Billy Block Benefit include headliner Lori McKenna, Michael Dinallo, Billy Beard, Amy Black, Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos, The Swinging Steaks, Susan Cattaneo, Alastair Moock, and Amber Casares. March 9, 8 p.m. $15. 21+. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

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